Informational meetings in Lincoln, Valparaiso, David City
(SNR) - Most Catholics are familiar with the story of how Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in December 1531, leaving behind her venerated image on his tilma.
All are invited to see the image in person, by joining a pilgrimage to the Basillica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Feb. 3-10, 2019.
The eight-day Guadalupe pilgrimage will be led by Father Gary Coulter, director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House, Waverly, Father Ronald Homes, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Bruno and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Abie, and Father Matthew Zimmer, pastor of Ss. Mary and Joseph Parish in Valparaiso.
“Besides visiting Our Lady of Guadalupe multiple times, we will have a local Catholic guide, daily Mass and prayers, and also visit several nearby towns to see other shrines and saints of Mexico,” Father Coulter said.
“Some people worry about safety in Mexico,” he continued, “but traveling in a group with a charter bus and local guide, I assure you, Mexico City is safer than many major tourist destinations in the U.S.”
The group will travel from Omaha to Mexico City at the price of: $2,395 / person (double occupancy) which includes airfare, hotels, transportation, entrance fees, tips, and two meals per day. The transportation and lodging are being arranged with Tekton Ministries, in association with the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.
Those interested in the Feb. 3-10 pilgrimage may come to one of the information meetings: Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at Gianna’s Java and Gelato, 2241 O St., Lincoln; Sunday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at Ss. Mary and Joseph Church in Valparaiso, or at 7 p.m. at Aquinas High School in David City. The meetings will discuss some awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe and describe some other shrines of Mexico, in addition to answering questions about the trip.